Father of Entourage actor Jeremy Piven and founder of the Playwrights Theatre Club, a Chicago theatre company. His stage credits include A House Remembered, The Man in 605, and Macbeth.
He appeared in several productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival.
His Playwrights Theatre Club paved the way for the development of The Second City, a famous Chicago improvisational and sketch-comedy troupe.
He was born in Pennsylvania to Russian-Jewish parents. With his wife, Joyce Hiller, he had two children.
Mike Nichols was one of the actors who studied at Piven's Playwrights Theatre Club.